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Insects (assorted) Page 14

Image Taken on 17 May 2022 at 10:46    Image of day on 20 Jun 2022

5 Days later there is not a caterpillar to be seen.
The previously occupied areas are completely stripped of leaves.

Ref: 20220620_df3_20220517_1046_038 patches of hedge stripped of leaves by ermine moth caterpillars (orig & final)(r+mb id@576).jpg

Image Taken on 14 Jul 2018 at 11:20    Image of day on 04 Sep 2018

Hover-fly, Peacock Butterfly, and a Soldier Beetle all caught by chance in the same frame.

Ref: 20180904_df3_20180714_1120_067 peacock butterfly feeding on thistle flower as hover-fly is about to land and solder beetle to right(r+mb id@768).jpg

Image Taken on 25 Jul 2009 at 14:04    Image of day on 02 Sep 2009

The extremely dark underwing and dazzling top wing of this Peacock Butterfly make an incredible contrast.

Ref: 20090902_da1_20090725_1404_507+1318_278 ft1 peacock butterfly in flight with thistle flower covered in tiny black beetles (montage)(r+mb id@576).jpg

Image Taken on 18 May 2022 at 12:37    Image of day on 30 Jun 2022

A Peacock Butterfly feeding on a Buttercup almost entirely hidden by the insect. On the adjacent Buttercup we see two female Thick-legged Flower Beetles. The females don't have the characteristic legs bulges that give the species their name.

Ref: 20220630_d72_20220518_1237_072+073 peacock butterfly on buttercup + 2 thick-legged flower beetle (oedemera nobilis) females on buttercup (accurate montage for focus)(r+mb id@768).jpg

Image Taken on 10 Oct 2016 at 11:11    Image of day on 25 Nov 2016

The Pied Wagtails are back on our roof, hunting the insects warmed under the slates and emerging for the waiting Wagtails to try to catch. This fly looks like 'the one that got away'. Each bird and fly are accurately positioned relative to the roof and each other, but spread out along the right.
The left hand fly was over the edge of the first frame so we have 'photoshopped' in a whole fly at the correct place, along with the sky above.

Ref: 20161125_df3_20161010_1111_454-454 pied wagtail on roof ridge hunting fly in flight 1-3 of 3 (left to right montage)(r+mb id@768).jpg

Image Taken on 11 Jun 2017 at 07:28    Image of day on 04 Aug 2017

An early flowering Poppy we found in a sheltered patch near the Farm road entrance. The Insect is a Marmalade Hover-fly.

Ref: 20170804_df3_20170611_0728_043 poppy flower + marmalade hover-fly by fence at farm entrance (crop)(r+mb id@768).jpg

Image Taken on 24 Aug 2011 at 12:23    Image of day on 07 Oct 2011

These two mating flies arrived on the sloping stick to attract dragonflies. ID was difficult even with help, and are absent from all but one of our books. Wikipedia & some other web sites came to the rescue - the general consensus is the primitive Crane-fly Ptychoptera contaminata which has no common name.
If you can provide a positive ID please let us know.

Ref: 20111007_df1_20110824_1223_061 ptychoptera contaminata (probably) flies mating on stick (crop)(r+mb id@768).jpg

Image Taken on 14 Jul 2021 at 10:16    Image of day on 24 Aug 2021

A week later the Cinnabar Caterpillars have just about stripped this and most other Ragwort plants in our patch, but the plants recover every year.

Ref: 20210824_df3_20210714_1016_011 ragwort plant decimated by cinnabar caterpillars(r+mb id@768).jpg

Image Taken on 27 May 2019 at 10:04    Image of day on 28 Jun 2019

A rather magnificent Red Soldier Beetle gives us a couple of different views.

Ref: 20190628_df5_20190527_1004_009+008 red soldier beetle (prob rhagonycha fulva) (montage)(r+mb id@768).jpg

Image Taken on 26 Jul 2019 at 15:56    Image of day on 04 Sep 2019

More Red Soldier Beetles doing what they do best - making MORE soldier Beetles.

Ref: 20190904_df3_20190726_1556_062 14 red soldier beetles(r+mb id@768).jpg

Image Taken on 15 Jul 2019 at 15:45    Image of day on 04 Sep 2019

A scrum of Red Soldier Beetles all trying to find someone to mate with. We particularly like the one on the right coming across from a leaf to join in the fray. Also known as the Hogweed Bonking Beetle, its not hard to see why!

Ref: 20190904_df3_20190715_1545_011 5 red soldier beetles on small thistle flower head(r+mb id@768).jpg

Image Taken on 03 May 2020 at 16:12    Image of day on 27 May 2020

This Red-headed Cardinal Beetle was glowing in the sunshine on the end of some sort of dried up stem.

Ref: 20200527_df3_20200503_1612_104 red-headed cardinal beetle(r+mb id@768).jpg

Image Taken on 11 Jun 2016 at 12:53    Image of day on 25 Jul 2016

The Red-headed Cardinal Beetle is a quite startling insect even though only about 1.5cm long. It wasn't keen on the photographer's approach and was opening the wing cases to release the wings even as this frame was taken. The never-to-be-answered question is 'where did it go?'.

Ref: 20160725_df3_20160611_1253_258 red-headed cardinal beetle (pyrochroa serraticornis)(r+mb id@576).jpg

Image Taken on 15 May 2006 at 06:14    Image of day on 25 May 2006

The delivery flight for the 06:15 breakfast of green caterpillars to a nestful of youngsters we know not where - there are lots of good places to nest.

Ref: 20060525_d35_20060515_0614_051 fb2 robin in flight with beakful of green caterpillars(r+mb id@576).jpg

Image Taken on 23 Jun 2007 at 12:12    Image of day on 16 Jul 2007

Robins used this patch of hedge to pause with beaks full of food before diving across the path into a dense growth on the other side where the nest must be.

Ref: 20070716_d10_20070623_1212_069 robin in hedge with caterpillar(r+mb id@576).jpg

Image Taken on 22 Jun 2013 at 17:16    Image of day on 03 Aug 2013

The robins 'owning' the area around this site have photographed themselves several times with these tiny caterpillars in their beaks. We don't provide Robin nestboxes - they prefer the extensive hedging.

Ref: 20130803_d50_20130622_1716_162_fb1 robin landing with caterpillar in beak (crop)(r+mb id@576).jpg

Image Taken on 28 Jun 2013 at 15:03    Image of day on 11 Aug 2013

Robins are breeding all over the plot - we haven't looked for the nests but see all the activity we expect.
Any volunteers to be a little green grub - the favourite pick by the parents to feed to the nestlings.

Ref: 20130811_d5c_20130628_1503_034_fb2 robin on log with caterpillar in beak(r+mb id@576).jpg

Image Taken on 04 May 2015 at 09:44    Image of day on 27 Jun 2015

The posts supporting about 100 Lombardy Poplars along the farm road are starting to get used by the wildlife. We caught this robin stopping off for a moment presumably on his way back to the nest. Talk about 'overloaded'.

Ref: 20150627_df3_20150504_0944_009 robin on tree stake with 3 different caterpillars held by beak (crop 2)(r+mb id@576).jpg

Image Taken on 24 Apr 2006 at 06:24    Image of day on 29 Apr 2006

Looks like these robins have a family to feed. A small caterpillar we guess is destined for a small beak. This was one of a number of visits.

Ref: 20060429_d3e_20060424_0624_066 fb1 robin with caterpillar(r+mb id@576).jpg

Image Taken on 04 May 2015 at 17:41    Image of day on 27 Jun 2015

A Robin with a caterpillar in the beak. We are seeing Robins all round the site collecting insects & grubs.
Youngsters to feed already we think.

Ref: 20150627_e62_20150504_1741_017_fb5 robin with caterpillar in beak(r+mb id@576).jpg




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